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City Council Meeting Minutes

February 5, 2008

Call to Order. City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to receive general public comment, with the following Council members present: Genevieve Ray, Cameron Texter, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Joseph R. Musso, President, with President Musso presiding. Mayor John Brenner was not present.

General Public Comment

Jose Sixtos, 22 W. South St., York, PA, thanked all residents and officials of the city for responding to his recent tragic house fire.

Ed Berry, 247 E. Maple St., York, PA, said he is opposed to the new public comment procedure. He also said he opposes the elected officials' term limits legislation. Commenting upon candidate Matthew Mann's winning the election for City Treasurer but later being determined ineligible to get the bonding required to serve in the position, Mr. Berry said he was "totally baffled at how an insurance company can undo the will of the people."

Michael Helfrich, 23 S. George St., York, PA, also spoke on a number of issues. He too is opposed to the new public comment set-up, and he wants to see the Solicitor and Administration present during public comment. Mr. Helfrich complimented those who worked on the new boat basin and said it looks good. Finally, he cited problems that he said had occurred since the City of York took control over community access TV, now White Rose Community Television (WRCT). Mr. Helfrich questioned whether progress had been made toward the goals of working with other municipalities and getting a new studio. He said there had been a stated focus on such "quality upgrades" vs. outreach that would let many diverse people participate directly, and alleged that one result was mistreatment of the station's long-time volunteer coordinator.

There being no further public comment, President Musso adjourned the General Committee meeting and reconvened in Legislative Session at 7:00 p.m., in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, with the following members present: Genevieve Ray, Cameron Texter, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Joseph R. Musso, President, with President Musso presiding. Mayor John Brenner was not present.

Members of the Administration in attendance included: Jim Gross, Director of Public Works, Kim Bracey, Director of Community Development, and Matt Jackson, Director of Economic Development. Also present was Assistant Solicitor Don Hoyt and Steve Douglas, General Manager of the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). Mark Whitman, Police Commissioner, John Senft, Fire Chief, and Michael O’Rourke, Business Administrator, were absent.

Members of York City Council staff in attendance included: Dianna L. Thompson, City Clerk.

Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Approval of Minutes. A motion was made by Texter, seconded by Hill-Evans, to dispense with the reading of the Minutes of January 15, and approve them as written. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Presentations, Proclamations & Awards: None

Committee Meetings Scheduled: None

Committee Reports:

General Committee, Joseph R. Musso, Chair: General Committee meeting held on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to interview applicants to fill the vacancy of York City Treasurer. Appointment of a candidate to fill said vacancy will take place tonight, Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

Economic Development Committee, Joseph R. Musso, Chair: E.D. Committee meeting held on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to discuss board member appointment procedures to Downtown, Inc. (YBIDA) and to hear from Downtown, Inc. board members more information on Downtown, Inc.’s strategic plan and budget. Two appointments will be made to Downtown, Inc. this evening.

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA


TO VIEW AGENDA, WHICH INCLUDES COPIES OF THE RESOLUTIONS & BILLS OF THIS MEETING, CLICK HERE.

SUBDIVISION / LAND DEVELOPMENT / HARB

Resolution No. 24, Session 2008, A Resolution accepting the recommendations of HARB in issuing a certificate of appropriateness for work to be covered in the applications submitted by Todd Lowe, J.R. McKinley Construction, for work to be done at 51 S. Queen St., was introduced by Hill-Evans, read at length, and on motion of Hill-Evans, seconded by Ray, Resolution No. 24 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

CONSENT AGENDA

Introduction of Bill No. 1, Session 2008, A Bill amending Part One “Administrative Code” of the Codified Ordinances to require candidates for the offices of City Treasurer and City Controller to show proof of bonding to qualify for office, was introduced by Texter, read by short title, and deferred until the February 19 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 2, Session 2008, A Bill amending the 2008 Budget by appropriating revenue and expenditures for the Department of Public Works in the amount of $250,000 for an RACP grant that will be used for public improvements to Penn & Farquhar Parks, was introduced by Smith, read by short title, and deferred until the February 19 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 3, Session 2008, A Bill amending the 2008 CDBG Program Budget to reflect changes resulting from actual funding levels rolled over from 2007, was introduced by Ray, read by short title, and deferred until the February 19 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 4, Session 2008, A Bill Amending the 2008 CDBG and HOME Programs budgets to reflect changes resulting from an amendment made to the 2007 Annual Action Plan, was introduced by Ray, read by short title, and deferred until the February 19 meeting of Council.

Introduction of Bill No. 5, Session 2008, A Bill amending the 2007 Budget by appropriating revenue and expenditures to cover 2007 expenses and in preparation for the 2007 audit, was introduced by Hill-Evans, read by short title, and deferred until the February 19 meeting of Council.

BILLS REFERRED TO COMMITTEE

Introduction of Bill No. 6, Session 2008, A Bill amending Part One “Administrative Code” of the Codified Ordinances to establish term limits for Council Members, the Mayor, the Treasurer and the Controller, was introduced by Texter, read by short title, and came up for discussion.

Councilman Texter briefly outlined the amendments, which would basically place restrictions on the number of times an elected official may be elected to office – that being for no more than two consecutive four year terms and that the elected official must remain out of office for at least four years in order to again become eligible to hold office.

Motion to amend – Resolution No. 24, Session 2008. Councilwoman Ray introduced Resolution No. 24, which seeks to amend Bill No. 6. She explained that her amendments would change the restriction on the number of times the Council and the Mayor may be elected to office from no more than 2 consecutive 4-year terms to no more than 3 consecutive 4-year terms would require that the official remain out of office for at least two years in order to again become eligible to hold office, and would completely remove restrictions on term limits for the Treasurer and Controller. On motion of Ray, seconded by Hill-Evans, Resolution No. 24 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter – 3; Nays – Smith, Musso – 2.

There being no further discussion, Bill No. 6, as amended, was deferred until the February 19 meeting of Council. (Bill No. 6 was not referred to committee.)

Introduction of Bill No. 7, Session 2008, A Bill amending Article 121.03 “Department Heads” of the Codified Ordinances to establish procedures for approving cost of living adjustments for Department Directors and placing a time limit on the length of time the Mayor may serve as temporary department head, was introduced by Texter, read by short to title, and came up for discussion.

Motion to refer to committee. A motion was made by Hill-Evans, seconded by Ray, to refer Bill No. 7 to the Rules and Administrative Code Committee. The motion passed unanimously. Councilman Texter, Chair of the Rules & Admin Code Committee, scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. (Note: This meeting was later cancelled due to inclement weather.)

Introduction of Bill No. 8, Session 2008, A Bill establishing compensation for York City elected officials and providing an effective date, was introduced by Texter, read by short title, and came up for discussion.

Motion to amend – Resolution No. 25, Session 2008. Councilwoman Ray introduced Resolution No. 25, which seeks to amend Bill No. 8. She explained that her amendments would (1) remove the “whereas” clause with reference to the Early Intervention Program, (2) would remove pension benefits but retain health benefits for Council, and (3) would completely eliminate Section Two, which establishes compensation for the Treasurer and requires the County and School District to contribute to said salary. Councilwoman Ray stated that she does not feel the City can unilaterally establish the Treasurer’s salary because this must be done in partnership with the County and School District. Additionally, she asked how Council could obligate the County or School District to contribute to the Treasurer’s salary when it is her understanding that the County is permitted by law to collect its own taxes rather than use the City Treasurer as tax collector.

Motion to amend – Resolution No. 26, Session 2008. President Musso then introduced Resolution No. 26, which also seeks to amend Bill No. 8. He explained that his amendments would (1) remove the “whereas” clause with reference to the Early Intervention Program, and (2) would completely remove Sections One and Two, which seeks to remove Council benefits and establishes compensation for Council and the Treasurer. President Musso said he feels that Council is entitled to benefits and to decline benefits should be the option of individual Council members. Additionally, he stated that as the School District and County contribute to the Treasurer’s salary, he doesn’t feel it’s prudent for Council to structure this salary.

A brief discussion ensued on both amendments. Councilman Texter explained that he included reference to the Early Intervention Program because Public Financial Management (PFM), who is assisting the city in avoiding financial distress, made these recommendations. He further explained that historically, most Council members have declined to accept pension and health benefits so he opted to remove this option.

President Musso responded that Council members gave up $1,000 raises in the first two years that they would have gone into effect, which took place in 2002 and 2003 and the Council salary has remained the same ever since.

Councilwoman Ray said to decline pension benefits might be a token gesture but when looking at the budget and seeing the minuscule amount of money being allotted for employee training, she said she is more than willing to give up her pension for purposes such as training.

Councilman Texter asked Assistant Solicitor Hoyt if the County and School District are obligated to use the City Treasurer as its tax collector. Solicitor Hoyt said he has not researched that information and therefore could not provide information. Councilwoman Ray provided Solicitor Hoyt and members of Council with Article XVII “Fiscal Affairs” of the County Code and 72 P.S. §5511.33 “Compensation and Expenses of Tax Collector in Cities of the 3rd Class Shared”. She said hopefully these citations will help clear up some unanswered questions.

Ed Berry, 247 E. Maple St., York, PA, said he’s confused as to why money is being taken away in conjunction with limiting terms of office. He asked what kind of incentive is this for residents on a fixed income who may want to run for office and may need this salary and these benefits. Mr. Berry feels Council is setting up a scenario that only the wealthy can afford to run for office.

Motion to withdraw Resolution No. 25. After discussion on Mr. Berry’s comment and other comments made this evening, Councilwoman Ray withdrew Resolution No. 25. She said that in light of Mr. Berry’s persuasive arguments, she would move to withdraw Resolution No. 25, which was seconded by Smith, and passed unanimously.

Motion to approve Resolution No. 26. There being no further discussion on the amendments, a motion was made by Musso, seconded by Smith, to approve Resolution No. 26. The motion passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Smith, Musso – 4; Nays – Texter – 1.

Therefore, Bill No. 8, as amended, was deferred until the February 19 meeting of Council. (Bill No. 8 was not referred to committee.)

Agenda Item #6 PULLED – A Bill amending Article 1731.12 “Certificate of Appropriateness”, Subsection (b), of the Codified Ordinances to change the number of days Council has to approve certificates of appropriateness after receipt from HARB from 30 days to 45 days was pulled from the Agenda. Councilman Texter explained that this Bill was originally submitted to accommodate Council’s summer recess. However, he said, research reflected that HARB recommendations are automatically approved if no Council action is taken within 30 days. Therefore, Council would call a special meeting during its recess only if a Council wishes to consider overturning HARB’s recommendations; otherwise, all HARB recommendations made during Council’s recess will automatically be approved.

FINAL PASSAGE OF BILLS / RESOLUTIONS

Final Passage of Resolution No. 23, Session 2008, A Resolution appointing Kevin Schreiber as a member of Downtown, Inc. (YBIDA) to fill the unexpired term of Walt Yurek, which term shall expire January 1, 2012, which was introduced by Musso at the January 15 meeting of Council and referred to the Economic Development Committee (mtg. held 1/29/08 @ 7 p.m.), came up for final passage. On motion of Musso, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 23 came up for discussion.

Councilwoman Ray said there was a great deal of confusion surrounding this appointment to Downtown, Inc. and she hopes appointments to this board could be discussed in a future committee meeting to help clarify how appointments should made.

President Musso agreed with Councilwoman Ray and said a gray area definitely exists with regard to appointments to Downtown, Inc. Councilman Texter said he would research appointment procedures to this board and asked that the Solicitor’s Office assist him in his research.

Mel Campbell, Chairman of Downtown, Inc., asked that board members be invited to any future meetings to discuss Downtown, Inc. appointments.

Christina O’Brien, Downtown, Inc., said we want to ensure that the recommendations board members make for appointment are being considered. She stated board members do a lot of homework on which candidates would best contribute to the mission and goals of Downtown, Inc. and, as such, would like those appointment recommendations to be seriously considered.

Councilman Texter stated that he believes the rest of the Council and the Administration have taken into consideration Downtown Inc.'s recommendations for appointments to the board. Councilman Texter further stated that he believes strongly that the city should have at least one representative on the board. He said the board should be expanded to allow Downtown Inc. to recommend 11 members, while the city would have one member and the County another.

A brief discussion ensued on the subject of appointing a city ex-officio to serve on the Downtown, Inc. board and what measures, if any, would need to be taken to ensure one is appointed.

Councilwoman Ray said she will not vote to support this Resolution because although she knows Mr. Schreiber is more than capable of serving on the board, she questions whether it’s appropriate to have a city employee serve in this capacity.

President Musso said sometimes Council is put in the middle of tough situations and sometimes has no choice but to make tough decisions.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 23 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Texter, Smith, Musso – 3; Nays – Ray, Hill-Evans – 2.

NEW BUSINESS

A motion was made by Texter, seconded by Smith, to waive the provisions of Resolution No. 215 of Session 1969 to permit consideration of a Supplemental Agenda containing one Resolution. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution No. 27, Session 2008 (Supplemental Agenda Item), A Resolution appointing Mark Clossey as a member of Downtown, Inc. (YBIDA) to serve in said capacity until January 1, 2013, was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 27 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Next, President Musso explained the processes Council carried out in order to fill the vacancy in the Office of City Treasurer. He said four (4) applications were received, however, two (2) applicants pulled out of the interview process, leaving Karin Krebs and Michael Doweary as the only two applicants for the position. He then opened the floor to Council for the purpose of accepting nominations for appointment of one of the two applicants to serve as City Treasurer.

Councilman Texter nominated Karin Krebs to fill the vacancy of York City Treasurer, which was seconded by Smith.

No other nominations were made. Therefore, President Musso closed nominations in order to call for a vote on the appointment of Karin Krebs to fill the vacancy of City Treasurer. On motion of Texter, seconded by Smith, the nomination of Karin Krebs was accepted by the following vote: Yeas – Texter, Smith, Musso – 3; Nays – Ray, Hill-Evans – 2. Therefore, Ms. Krebs won the nomination and will be considered for final appointment with the passage of Resolution No. 28.

Resolution No. 28, Session 2008, A Resolution appointing Karin Krebs to fill the vacancy of York City Treasurer, to serve in said capacity until the first Monday of January 2010 and shall give fidelity bond to the City of York in the amount of $250,000 as set by Council Resolution No. 8 of Session 2008, and shall also provide bond and insurance in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth, was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 28 came up for discussion.

President Musso read an endorsement letter from a bonding agency supporting Ms. Krebs.

Councilman Texter stated that both candidates were qualified but feels Ms. Krebs appointment would make for a smoother transition as she currently serves as Deputy Treasurer and has many years of experience in this capacity. He thanked Mr. Doweary for his interest and encouraged him to continue his interest in the City of York.

Councilwoman Smith applauded Ms. Krebs’ qualifications and community involvement. She said she is a lovely woman and is confident she’ll do a fine job.

President Musso said he was impressed by both candidates and hopes to see Mr. Doweary again. He too said he is confident of Ms. Krebs, abilities and looks forward to her service.

Ms. Krebs thanked everyone for supporting her and stated that she is committed to providing quality customer service.

Franklin Williams, 528 W. Market St., York, PA, said he fully supports Ms. Krebs’ appointment. He then spoke about Matthew Mann, Treasurer Elect, who had to resign his office because of bonding issues. He said we need people like Matt Mann because he’s bright, dedicated, and ambitious. Mr. Williams stated that he was happy to see this process go off without a hitch because nasty politics is what scares away people who are qualified to run for office.

Ed Berry, 247 E. Maple St., York, PA, spoke about all the shenanigans that went on during the Treasurer elections and how Matt Mann won fair and square. He feels voters were stripped of their voting rights merely because a bonding agency chose not to bond Mr. Mann. As such, he believes this was a violation of his constitutional rights.

Councilwoman Smith said it is imperative that our Treasurer be bonded because he/she is responsible for millions of dollars. We have to make sure the person in this position is responsible to handle finances of this magnitude so taxpayer dollars are accounted for and protected, she said.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 28 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Texter, Smith, Musso – 3; Nays – Ray, Hill-Evans – 2.

The City Clerk then administered the Oath of Office to Ms. Krebs.

President Musso called for a recess at 8:29 p.m. to allow for a bathroom and water break.

President Musso reconvened the meeting at 8:37 p.m.

Resolution No. 29, Session 2008, A Resolution reappointing Matthew Sommer as a member of the York City Planning Commission, which term shall expire January 1, 2012, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Musso, Resolution No. 29 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 30, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing a 3.5% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Department Directors, was introduced by Musso, read at length, and on motion of Musso, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 30 came up for discussion.

Motion to refer to committee. Councilwoman Hill-Evans made a motion to refer Resolution No. 30 to the Business Administration Committee because she would like to discuss indexes and comparisons. The motion was seconded by Ray, and passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans – 2; Nays – Texter, Smith, Musso – 3. Councilman Texter explained that it takes four (4) votes to keep an item out of committee, therefore the motion to refer to committee passes. Councilwoman Hill-Evans, Chair of the B.A. Committee, scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. (Note: This meeting was later cancelled due to inclement weather.)

Resolution No. 31, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing an agreement in the amount of $83,256 with York Building Products for the purchase asphalt mixes, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 31 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 32, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing a five (5) year lease / purchase agreement for one (1) new and unused Steril-Koni Hydraulic Lift for use by Public Works, which said purchase will be made through the Anne Arundel County, MD contract for a total price of $34,969.00, with said vendor being Alan Tye & Associates, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 32 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 33, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing an agreement with Wexcon, Inc. in the amount of $268,955.00 for the Pershing Ave. Interceptor Replacement Project, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 33 came up for discussion.

Steve Douglas, General Management, WWTP, was onboard and explained the project. He said we will be replacing the sewer main from Mason Ave. to Philadelphia St. along Pershing Ave. He said there are a lot of utilities and a railroad on this road and the railroad would like us out by the middle-end of April. We will pave from the east side of the tracks to the curb. Manager Douglas then answered a few questions from Council.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 33 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 34, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing an agreement with Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions (formerly Westinghouse PCD) in the amount of $49,033.00 for maintenance and support service on the wastewater treatment plant process control computer system, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 34 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 35, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing an agreement with Synagro Central, LLC in the amount of $555,000.00 for Biosolids at the WWTP, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 35 came up for discussion.

General Manager Steve Douglas explained that Synagro has been the city’s contractor for this service for the past 8-10 years. This contract reflects approximately a 30% increase. The reason for the increase, he explained, is because there was no consumer price index (CPI) clause in the previous contract. However, this contract allows for CPI adjustments, which puts a cap of no more than a 4% increase per year.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 35 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 36, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing an agreement with Justice Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $121,763.75 for services for the Philadelphia Street Storm Sewer Phase II Project, was introduced by Smith, read at length, and on motion of Smith, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 36 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 37, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds with DCED to obtain funds in the amount of $400,000 for the Elm Street Operations and Neighborhood Revitalization Plan ($150,000 for the first 3 years of the program for hiring an Elm St. Manager; $200,000 for infrastructure and site improvements including curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, trees, landscaping and other activities; and $50,000 for owner occupied residential and commercial building renovations and façade improvements), was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Smith, Resolution No. 37 came up for discussion.

Motion to refer to committee. Councilwoman Ray made a motion to refer Resolution No. 37 to the Community Development Committee to review how this project may intersect with various other plans in existence. The motion was seconded by Hill-Evans and came up for discussion.

Director Bracey explained that this plan has been in the development phase since March 2007 and several neighborhood and community meetings have been held. She said she’s not sure what other discussions could come out of this initiative as this plan has been thoroughly discussed. Director Bracey further explained that this plan is complete and ready to be submitted to DCED. Additionally, she said although there is no deadline for submission of the application, other projects will be placed on hold until this designation is met.

Councilwoman Ray said she wants to have a committee meeting to thoroughly review this plan because she would like more time to absorb the information presented especially since Council just received this plan tonight. Councilwoman Ray stated that Director Bracey said there is no time limit on submitting this proposal to DCED and it is not her intention to languish this effort, however, she would like more time for review.

Councilwoman Smith interjected that the west end of the city needs help now and she doesn’t want to see this initiative delayed. She said this process has been underway for almost a year and to delay it any further would unnecessarily stagnate this effort.

Councilwoman Hill-Evans asked what kind of risk, if any, would there be if this plan were delayed until Council’s next meeting. Director Bracey said she doesn’t mean to imply that a risk exists, however, the money is drying up and we need to get this application to DCED as soon as possible.

President Musso asked if this plan could be amended. Director Bracey said aspects of the plan could be added, removed or amended as needed.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 37 was referred to the Community Development Committee by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter – 3; Nays – Smith, Musso – 2. Councilwoman Ray, Chair of the C.D. Committee, scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (prior to the regular Council meeting).

Resolution No. 38, Session 2008, A Resolution amending the 2008 Annual Action Plan and authorizing an application for Section 108 Loan Guarantee assistance in the amount of $2,530,000.00, was introduced by Ray, read by short title, and on motion of Texter, seconded by Ray, Resolution No. 38 came up for discussion.

Director Bracey explained that the city is very interested in securing the Section 108 Loan for the Rebuild York initiative. She said approximately $300,000 of CDBG funds are allocated annually to repave streets and this loan ($2,530,000) will allow for substantial streets street improvements (To view streets slated for improvement, click here). Additionally, repairs will be made to the Princess Street Center roof and rehabilitation of the Eagle Fire Station. Director Bracey further explained that the $2.53 million loan would be repaid over a 20-year period. Director Bracey then answered questions from Council.

There being no further discussion, Resolution No. 38 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 39, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing an encroachment agreement with United Realty & Development to install a handicap ramp at 100 S. Beaver St., was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 39 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

Resolution No. 40, Session 2008, A Resolution authorizing an encroachment agreement with Motiva, LLC to install a ground water monitoring well facility at 701 Loucks Rd., was introduced by Ray, read at length, and on motion of Ray, seconded by Texter, Resolution No. 40 passed by the following vote: Yeas – Ray, Hill-Evans, Texter, Smith, Musso – 5; Nays – 0.

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

Rules & Administrative Code Committee, Cameron Texter, Chair: Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss Bill No. 7 – A Bill amending Article 121.03 “Department Heads” of the Codified Ordinances to establish procedures for approving cost of living adjustments for Department Directors and placing a time limit on the length of time the Mayor may serve as temporary department head. (Note: This meeting was later cancelled due to inclement weather.)

Business Administration Committee, Carol Hill-Evans, Chair: Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss Resolution No. 30 - A Resolution authorizing a 3.5% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Department Directors. (Note: This meeting was later cancelled due to inclement weather.)

Community Development Committee, Genevieve Ray, Chair: Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (prior to the regular Council meeting) to discuss Resolution No. 37, Session 2008 - A Resolution authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds with DCED to obtain funds in the amount of $400,000 for the Elm Street Operations and Neighborhood Revitalization Plan ($150,000 for the first 3 years of the program for hiring an Elm St. Manager; and $200,000 for infrastructure and site improvements including curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, trees, landscaping and other activities; and $50,000 for owner occupied residential and commercial building renovations and façade improvements).

COUNCIL COMMENT

President Musso announced that White Rose Community Television is now available through live streaming on the city’s website, www.yorkcity.org. A programming schedule is also provided.

ADMINISTRATION COMMENT

None


NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. public comment) in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the February 5, 2008 meeting of Council adjourned at 9:45 p.m.